Commandress is a style blog for professional women who value the confidence that comes from wearing clothes that they love and from knowing that their style is always attractive and appropriate.
Looking good is about more than vanity.
In a world that is increasingly saturated with images and tolerant of snap judgments, it is vital to look like the person you want to be. Our appearance communicates who we are and how we want others to perceive us.
What does a Commandress look like? She displays her competence and confidence by looking professional, smart and chic. Of course, this is easy to say but challenging to do. What woman hasn’t been confused or frustrated by the expectation that she look professional, experienced, youthful, current, tasteful, feminine, natural, and effortless – all at the same time? And who has time to do this?
The mission of Commandress is to do some of the work for you by sharing practical advice and identifying clothes that combine beauty and professionalism. Getting dressed for work can be much easier – and a lot more fun – with the right wardrobe.
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Abigail Joan Politzer is the founder and editor of Commandress and an Atlanta-based wardrobe stylist and personal shopper. Abigail specializes in styling professional men and women for the office and their personal lives.
Abigail’s work is informed by years of experience navigating the spoken and unspoken dress codes of a variety of corporate environments and from more than seven years of practice as an employment lawyer. Abigail has written dress codes, enforced dress codes, and – in her younger years – tested the limits of dress codes.
At a very young age, Abigail became an ardent fan of Vogue and began to dream that she would work in a glamorous profession wearing the amazing clothes she admired in Vogue every month. But Abigail has always had a practical side, too. In her early teens – and after much deliberation – Abigail told her parents that when she grew up, she wanted to be a lawyer for Donna Karan.
Flash-forward to the present, and Abigail no longer dreams about being a lawyer for a fashion designer. Instead, she loves working as a wardrobe stylist and writing a fashion blog for lawyers and other professionals.
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Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach is a contributing writer to Commandress authoring Fashion Flashback – a weekly column featuring 1980s fashion retrospectives which inspire modern fashion choices.
A former legal recruiting professional, Amy came of age during the 1980s when feminism merged with new views on femininity – resulting in the first wave of modern power dressing. As a tween and teen, Amy paged through her mother’s Talbots catalogs anticipating her future career – doing whatever – dressed in professional attire.
But when Amy began her professional career in the 1990s, her wardrobe aspirations were stifled by grunge and a casual work environment where t-shirts, jeans, and shorts were de rigueur.
Things picked up for Amy’s wardrobe in the aughts when she took a position in the legal industry as a law firm recruiter. Finally, Amy had the outlet to wear the clothing of the consummate professional.
After twelve years helping attorneys and law students with their careers, Amy relinquished her full-time career to let her husband pursue his – and found herself cast adrift with an image crisis. Amy is currently reinventing herself and her wardrobe as a writer, volunteer, chef, chauffeur, laundress, logistical coordinator, wrestling/football mom, dog walker, and aspiring yogi.
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